The kinds of programs that the MHSAA promotes and protects are the keys to the type of education students want, need and deserve.
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If one student’s participation is at the expense of another student’s self-esteem, whether opponent or teammate, we can’t justify the program.
They settled arguments on the spot. They had to bring their own equipment, and take care of it. And if the ball went out of play, they had to hunt for it until they found it . . .
It is often cited and well-documented that, today, 80 to 90 percent of all youth who ever started playing organized sports have stopped doing so by age 13. Before high school.
Even as a headstrong, self-centered adolescent, it occurred to me that not being able to play as much as one might want, or not at all, had to be a terrible feeling.
Every time we cut a kid from a high school team, we create critics of our programs – the student’s parents today and this student in the future.
What I continue to encourage for most students is that they sample the broad buffet of opportunities that a full-service school offers.
In a student-centered program, thought is given not only to the students who want exceptions to rules, but also to the other students who would be displaced if those exceptions were made.
From the Director is the official MHSAA Blog which will touch on pertinent school sports topics periodically throughout the school year from various MHSAA Staff.